Substantive short articles on Marxian sociology

Political Economy of Labor Repression in the United States

The task at hand is to place the political economy of repression within the contours of U.S. history. It involves sketching in broad terms how, over time, repression is the product of dynamic and fixed relations between capital and labor. The goal is to represent how capital is able to repress labor given essential prerequisites.

By | 2018-07-16T11:24:42+00:00 April 23rd, 2017|Blog article, New book|Comments Off on Political Economy of Labor Repression in the United States

What Is the Relation between Theory and Practice, and Did Marx Discuss Engineering Society?

What is the relation between “theory and practice,” and what is the meaning of the unity of theory and practice? Does Marx identify practice with the idea of engineering society, so that the knowledge of the laws that govern economic forces serve as an algorithm, to construct, engineer, in a technical way, a new and better political and economic system?

By | 2018-07-16T12:03:39+00:00 August 23rd, 2016|Blog article, Q&A|Comments Off on What Is the Relation between Theory and Practice, and Did Marx Discuss Engineering Society?

Enough!

Enough! Somewhere, somewhere perhaps in the desert of Iraq, or perhaps in Palestine or the Afghan hills, amidst the cacophony of shells, the reek of boiled-off flesh, somewhere, a voice awakens ...

By | 2018-07-16T11:32:43+00:00 August 7th, 2016|Blog article, Poetry|Comments Off on Enough!

We

Seemingly helpless in a democracy beyond repair, on a world brewing the floods, droughts and endless wanderings of a vengeful planet, I live as a godless Jew in an age when the leaders of Judaism spit the fires of Uzis and smart bombs like the bowels of Ba’al in eras past ...

By | 2018-07-16T11:44:39+00:00 August 6th, 2016|Blog article, Poetry|Comments Off on We

Never Again

Red stains the walls of the mosque of proud Hebron, red on the floor and red on the ceiling, as rage blossoms red in the hearts of the people, but no anger remains in the eyes on the floor.

By | 2018-07-16T12:19:13+00:00 July 29th, 2016|Blog article, Poetry|Comments Off on Never Again

On the Formalization of the E-Waste Recycling Economy, in China and the World

Environmental news in the latter half of 2015 has been characterized by an upsurge of discouraging stories worldwide, not least from China. Despite the recent slowdown in economic growth, there have been industrial accidents and unprecedented air quality issues plaguing the country. However, there is at least one local environmental story that appears to defy this bleak trend. In December of 2015, the highly polluted town of Guiyu was suddenly vacated, and all of the informal hazardous waste recycling that had been polluting the soil, the water, and the bodies of young children, came to a halt.

By | 2018-07-16T13:03:39+00:00 July 11th, 2016|Blog article, Commentary|Comments Off on On the Formalization of the E-Waste Recycling Economy, in China and the World

The History of Criminal Selectivity

In my dissertation, The History of Criminal Selectivity: A Reading from Marx, Engels, and Contemporary Marxist Thought, I assess the historical and social-economic conditions that underpin the unequal legal treatment and selective prosecution of people based upon class, race, gender, and age. I identify particular patterns of “criminal selectivity.” I consider this phenomenon from the rise of capitalism to today, throughout Europe and the United States. Although the unequal functioning of the criminal justice system is widely recognized today as a key concept for analyzing crime and punishment, the selectivity phenomenon has not been strictly conceptualized and developed.

By | 2018-07-16T12:23:55+00:00 December 18th, 2015|Blog article, PhD thesis|Comments Off on The History of Criminal Selectivity

What is an American Jew?

Our grandfathers worked as tailors, union organizers, or in rural communes where anarchists and communists battled relentlessly about ideologically-correct procedures to slaughter chickens.

By | 2018-07-16T12:28:06+00:00 September 13th, 2015|Blog article, Poetry|Comments Off on What is an American Jew?